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 Show Choir Community > Events > 2020 Season > Heart of America Nashville 2020

Event Info

March 7th, 2020

Venue Info

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Delta Ballroom
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Phone: (615) 889-1000

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  10 Mixed Groups
  9 Womens Groups
  2 Mens Groups
  2 Middle School Groups


  Viterbo University "Platinum Edition"


  Jeff Gemar (vocal prelim / finals [main stage])

  Joseph Kincaid (visual prelim / finals [main stage])

  John Burlace (band prelim / finals [main stage])

  Jarad Voss (critique / finals [main stage])

  Tony Atienza (critique [main stage])

  Michelle Jensen (vocal prelims [second stage] / finals [main stage])

  Annette Layman (visual prelim [second stage] / finals [main stage])

  Garrett Breeze (band [second stage] / finals [main stage])

  Chris Kindle (critique [second stage] / finals [main stage])

  Shane Rhoades (critique [second stage] / finals [main stage])

Ticket Prices:

$60 (12 and under FREE)
cash only


Heart of America Nashville 2020

Event Site
Live Stream



 Zionsville High School
Grand Champion 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 
Best Band 
Best Show Design 

 Sound System
 Center Grove High School
First Runner Up 
Best Costumes 

 Fairfield Senior High School
Second Runner Up 
Best Crew 
Best Female Soloist (Natalie Jonson) 

 Voices of Central
 Keller Central High School
3rd Runner Up 
Best Male Soloist (Michael Lopez) 

 Brea Olinda High School
4th Runner Up 

 Hillside Singers
 Pleasant Hill High School
5th Runner Up 

Finals - Tier II


 Zionsville High School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 

 Fairfield Senior High School
Second Place 

 Pure Elegance
 Fairfield Senior High School
Third Place 

Mixed Division - Tier I (Prelims)
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Single-Gender Division


 Zionsville High School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 

 Fairfield Senior High School
Second Place 

 Pure Elegance
 Fairfield Senior High School
Third Place 

 Center Grove High School
4th Place 

 Brea Olinda High School
5th Place 

 Jefferson Senior High School
6th Place 

 Hilltop Harmony

 Pleasant Hill High School
No Placement 


 Pleasant Hill High School
No Placement 


 Tupelo High School
No Placement 

 Select Sound

 Carroll High School
No Placement 

Open Division


 Rhapsody in Red
 Green Bay East High School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 

 Rhythm Express
 Fairfield Middle School
Second Place 

 Little Elegance
 Fairfield Middle School
Third Place 

 Irish Adrenaline
 Cathedral High School
4th Place 

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idmjedi on Mar 8, 2020, 11:22 PM
Post #135
Is it possible to replay the livestream?

MatthewGerard on Mar 9, 2020, 4:04 PM
Post #139
Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions, is unable to offer the Heart of America Nashville content on-demand after the event.

idmjedi on Mar 9, 2020, 9:38 PM
Post #141
That’s disappointing this seemed like such an amazing comp but I understand! Our competition in Windsor Locks does the same thing.

BradDavis on Mar 8, 2020, 2:38 PM
Post #130
Couldn’t have been more honored to be commentating at the hosts desk with Jill. I learned so many things, met so many amazing kids, and saw SO many great shows from groups I’ve never seen in person. Big thanks to Häakon and his crew, Chad Alexander, and Heart Of America for allowing me the opportunity to funnel my healthy obsession with show choir into something I think is not only productive, but super special. Much love.

jillykobilly on Mar 8, 2020, 3:08 PM
Post #131
DITTO!! What a fabulous day of show choir. I truly enjoyed every single show. Here were some highlights for me:

-Seeing the concert choirs in the morning. Many times we forget that the foundations for what the kids do on the show choir stage are learned in the concert choir classroom. Special shout out to Keller Central for performing "Sweetheart of the Sun," which I have a personal connection to, as the composer attended University in my hometown, Bemidji. It was one of my favorite songs to perform in high school

-Being able to interview and chat behind-the-scenes with the students from so many choirs. All of the kids were so kind and have such a passion for what they do <3

-The caliber of all of the groups here was astonishing!

-Meeting so many new show choir friends, especially Bradley.

-HOLY WOW single gender groups! So bummed I didn't get to see them all.

-I love that HOA does a finals round. It was a treat to see those groups twice, as there were a couple groups I have never seen before (Pleasant Hill, Zionsville) and really wanted to get a second watch of them. Also, it was great for the top single gender groups to be able to perform on that stage and broadcast their show on the Live Stream.

-WHAT A VENUE! Thanks to excellent light and sounds, this was one of the best venues I've ever seen and watched show choir in. If you are a director looking for a great "trip" competition, please consider this one.

-Also, I had no clue what a monster of a building the Gaylord Opryland is. It is MASSIVE. What a fun experience for the students.

I still can't get over what a special weekend it was. Thanks, HOA and Haakon!! I'll remember this day for years to come <3

Patrick on Mar 8, 2020, 4:02 PM
Post #132
Brad and Jill, you guys were seriously so great to have up there on the desk!

MatthewGerard on Mar 9, 2020, 4:09 PM
Post #140
You guys absolutely killed it!! It was great working with both of you! Hopefully we'll see y'all agian!!

Alyssa.e2020 on Mar 8, 2020, 11:46 PM
Post #136
Can anyone tell me who all of the soloists from Center Grove are and what solos they sing??? They are AMAZING


annaline on Mar 9, 2020, 12:44 AM
Post #137
All Mozart - Ben Johnson
Applause - Alaina and Mya Whitis
Opera - Susan May and Emani Armstrong
Carry On - Connor Cravens
Don Giovanni solo - Christian Haskell
Carry on trio- Eli Smith, Christian, Nathan McBride
Ramalama- Anna Line and Sophia Watt
Crazy = Genius trio - Anna Line, Sophia Watt, and Emily Stewart

Alyssa.e2020 on Mar 9, 2020, 1:06 AM
Post #138
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I love your show!!!! You have some fans from Beavercreek!!


gmalmborg27 on Mar 8, 2020, 10:51 PM
Post #134
Great show from Fairfield Choraliers, honestly one of the best choirs I’ve seen in my three years of show choir. The attention to detail and the vocals made me so excited. I was so impressed and am so happy to have competed with you guys this year!!


Vocfan on Mar 8, 2020, 6:37 AM
Post #126
Props to VOC! 1st in choral division. Best male soloist in Championship division. 4th overall. Great day VOC. We are fighters!


greekgeek on Mar 8, 2020, 10:18 PM
Post #133
Yes I loved The Karate Kid show! Michael was amazing. Do you know if he has anything on social media? I wanted to share his voice with some folks who missed the performance


Winstonjames on Mar 1, 2020, 7:07 PM
Post #62
Anyone know the judges for the two different stages?


kflogel on Mar 5, 2020, 4:08 AM
Post #70
• Jeff Gemar
• Joseph Kincaid
• John Burlace
• Jeff Gemar - Vocals prelims/ comprehensive finals
• Joseph Kincaid - Visuals prelims/ comprehensive finals
• John Burlace - Instrumental prelims/ comprehensive finals
• Jarad Voss - clinician prelims / comprehensive finals
• Tony Atienza - clinician prelims

• Michelle Jensen - Vocals prelims/ comprehensive finals
• Annette Layman - Visuals/ comprehensive finals on main stage
• Garrett Breeze - Instrumental/ comprehensive finals on main stage
• Chris Kindle - clinician prelims / comprehensive finals
• Shane Rhoades - clinician prelims / comprehensive finals

willsome429 on Mar 5, 2020, 3:57 PM
Post #72
Nice to see Shane Rhoades pop back up!

juliofrommississippi on Mar 6, 2020, 2:49 AM (Edited)
Post #76
I’ve never been to a HOA competition. Is there really only one judge for vocals and one judge for visuals in prelims? Seems like a low number for a deep national competition.

JWill on Mar 6, 2020, 2:32 PM
Post #78
There actually won't be any judges. It will be by audience applause.


Choirshow on Mar 8, 2020, 7:34 AM
Post #128
Your joking right?

Patrick on Mar 8, 2020, 7:43 AM
Post #129
Yep, everything tonight was purely by applause! ;)

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